In Austria practically everyone knows this sweet temptation in the form of a chocolate praline simply known as Mozart, basically behind every display windows of souvenir shops and not only.
Invented more than 125 years ago, Mozartkugel is a little, spherical chocolate filled with a marzipan centre with pistachio and a finest nougat.
Interestingly, to make the balls completely round, confectioners place the bonbon on a wooden stick and dip it in the final layer of chocolate, filling the hole left by the stick with chocolate as well.
Still today, they are still made expertly by hand according to the original traditional recipe.
Each individually wrapped Mozartkugel is surrounded by a colorful blue-and-silver foil wrapper, depicting a portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart himself.
Invented in 1890 by confectioner Paul Fürst as an homage to the composer, the candy, like Mozart himself, was born in Salzburg, Austria.
From the very beginning, the ingredients were of the highest quality, and it seems that to ensure that employees didn’t secretly snack on the expensive chocolate, they were actually required to whistle while they worked in the bakery. And, as you might imagine, whistling and eating at the same time is really complicated!
His bonbons are still produced by hand in Salzburg, where the family company is now run by the fifth generation of Fürsts.
In 1905, Paul Fürst received lots of praise along with a gold medal for his Mozartkugel at the World Exposition in Paris.
However, in those days, it still wasn’t customary to patent ideas, which meant that his creation was soon copied on an industrial scale by a number of confectioners, who still today make their version of the original, and some even call their chocolate orbs mozartkugeln.
But only the Fürst company can label their product “Original Salzburg Mozartkugeln.”
Look for this distinction as well as the signature blue-and-silver profile of Mozart himself.
Around 3 ½ million are produced annually, equating to roughly 10,000 a day!
Author’s notes: Fürst “Original Salzburger Mozartkugel” are sold exclusively at only four Fürst locations in Salzburg Old Town, and in the Fürst online shop.
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